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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> i've never done black friday or any camping out for anything ever. so i have been waiting so long for this car. >> long lines aren't so unusual, but these people waited for more than 12 hours for the privilege of preordering a car they hadn't seen yet. good afternoon, everybody. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. thousands of fans camped out to reserve the new model three. the car doesn't go on sale until next year and you won't even get the first glimpse until tonight. cornell bernard has the details. >> reporter: the big reveal happens tonight at 8:30 p.m. pacific time.
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demand is high for these new cars, which are less expensive. they are called the model three and won't be available for a year and a half. the ceo tweeted that online ordering has been moved up one hour tonight from 8:30 to 7:30 because it's clear many people want to drive this car. >> glad the line is going fast. better than a tsa line. >> reporter: hundreds of people waited in line for hours to put $1,000 down on something they've never seen. >> i'm buying it sight unseen. but i'm trusting in elan musk. >> reporter: everybody here wants one. >> tesla is the only car on the road that excites me. and i eave been waiting years for a tesla to come out in my price range. >> reporter: the price will start about $35,000. but won't be available until late 2017, early 2018.
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>> a year and a half, two years, worth waiting for. >> reporter: the car would resemble a scaled down version of the model s, with a battery range of 240 miles. >> i want to save the environment. i want to plug it into my solar panel. >> reporter: renee is waiting at the back of the line. the wait here, you could be waiting about two hours i'm thinking. >> that's okay. i waited for an iphone two. >> and like apple, tesla has created a buzz about a new product that lots of people can't wait to drive. tesla will unveil the car at a big event from mid southern california design studio and we have a link at cornell bernard, "abc7 news." >> so will all the waiting be worth it. we'll give you a look at the new tesla after it's revealed coming up tonight on "abc7 news" at 11:00. sky 7 hd was over the old
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alameda naval air station where we caught tesla doing some test runs. >> a seismic shift today in the bay area radio landscape. talk show host ron owens signing off, moving from kgo radio. >> fans can follow him to a new station. kristen sze is here with the details. >> reporter: unfortunately the move does involve layoffs at two stations. here's the biggest headline, ron owens, who has dominated bay area radio for 40 years, is moving to ksfo. >> you know your stuff, i love you. thanks for coming with us. >> reporter: he's been the voice for bay area listeners for 32 years. his show attracts 500,000
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listeners. it will be quite the change for him and owens himself when he begins a new chapter doing afternoon drive time next monday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. >> i don't know if my body will handle that. i'm supposed to. my body won't be used to that. it will be hard to go to bed without an alarm clock. but i'll do it. [ no audio ] >> reporter: but many kgo radio staff es were laid off today. in a memo to employees, the vice president says our goal is to reposition these two stations for future strengths through new and enhanced programming. unfortunately to achieve that goal, we had the difficult but necessary task of restructuring our kgo and kfog station staff. the new generation of a-10 is coming next tuesday and the evolution is coming april 20th. so as they say, stay tuned.
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>> thank you, kristen. in developing news, a virginia state trooper is in the hospital and a gunman is dead after a shooting at a greyhound bus station in richmond. it happened during a training exercise. troopers were questioning passengers when one shot a trooper in the chest. the trooper shot is in the hospital with critical injuries. at least seven people were injured after severe storms spawned four tornado touchdowns in northeastern oklahoma. and more severe weather is on the way. >> reporter: the morning after tornadoes ripped apart homes in tulsa, leaving a trail of devastation. >> oh, my gosh, look. oh, my stars. >> reporter: on wednesday, four tornadoes hit oklahoma with two more confirmed in arkansas and kansas. seven people were hospitalized, thankfully no deaths were reported. in arkansas, it was a record day
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of rain. several areas remain under water. three commuters were found clinging to a tree as firefighters rescued them from rising flood waters. in the skies, an american airlines jet headed to memphis had to make an emergency landing after being rocked by turbulence. two flight attendants were injured. >> it goes up in mid-air, the tray cart then drops on top of the male flight attendant. >> reporter: winds, hail, and more rain forecasted from the gulf coast to the south and east. we're hearing from one family who says they're lucky to be alive after a tree fell on the car they were driving in. turning to our weather, it's time to take a live look outside. another pleasant day outsite.
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>> spencer christian has a look now. >> it is lovely. here's a live look at live doppler 7 hd. sunny, blue skies across the bay area right now. there have been some coastal fog that lingered today. the surf is a bit rough, we have beach hazard advisory in effect, for sneaker waves and rip currents along the entire coastline. so we'll continue to monitor that. this is the view towards the coast from emeryville. mainly clear skies with advancing low skies. 57 degrees in san francisco. 63 in oakland. san jose 67. morgan hill, 68. 55 at half moon bay. this is the view at the golden gate bridge. lovely there. they have current temperatures of 67 degrees in santa rosa. napa 66. 70 in fairfield. 71 in concord. and exhibition baseball kicks off at at&t park tonight, the first of a three-game bay bridge series between the a's and
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giants. gametime, 7:15. lit be chilly and breezy and partly cloudy. that's san francisco baseball weather. game one of the season is about to get under way, at least the exhibition season. the regular season will start in a few days. >> thank you, spencer. there's been a fatal crash south of fresno. two people involved in an earlier chp pursuit were killed when they crashed their car into a fighter jet on the base. the chase began at 11:30 last night when an officer spotted the vehicle going the wrong way south of fresno. officers say the driver left the freeway, smashed through a gate at the base and into a parked f-18 super hornet. b.a.r.t. is back to normal this afternoon after a police chase ended near the tracks in walnut creek this morning. a burglary suspect crashed into a fence alongside b.a.r.t.'s fence. that impact pushed the fence towards the tracks.
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the red cross is helping residents of an east san jose home damaged by fire this morning. officials say the fire started in the back bedroom and spread to other parts of the house. the so-called bearded bandit was in federal court this morning of 30-year-old kenneth ellis. we're told he got emotional. the case was continued until april 18. he previously confessed to robbing 11 banks in northern california, some in the bay area. police say he told them he used the money to pay the bills and his motive was extreme financial difficulty. the treasurer of a sports league is accused of embezzling more than $200,000. police arrested lynnwood payton yesterday morning. he was treasurer of the diablo youth football league from 2007 to 2014. the death of a 6-year-old boy may prompt a change in
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california law. the boy's father is leading the fight for caleb's law. this would require all surgeons to inform patients of an increased risk when general anaesthesia is used without the help offen anesthesiologist. he died last year while getting a tooth extracted. there was no anesthesiologist on hand. >> to think somebody can perform all those to the same level while performing a surgical procedure seems ridiculous to me. >> the bill would require the collection of data on deaths and injuries from dental anaesthesia. the bill goes before a state assembly committee next tuesday. the california dental association says it supports a review on the use of anaesthesia. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, the annual battle of the bay kicks off baseball season tonight. but there's one major change at at&t park. plus, a big shakeup today in women's soccer. the lawsuit that was filed over
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pay. and a trip to tahoe could be a dream come true. that is if your dream rental is for real. how to make sure you're not caught up in a vacation nightmare. traffic is for real as we check it at 4:11 here. this is 101 in san rafel. it's nice for a change for real. it's pretty smooth on the right hand side, as well. back with more on "abc7 news" at
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they are just about ready to say "play ball." a live look at at&t park in san francisco. the giants host the a's tonight. first pitch is in just around three hours. lit be jeff samardzija for the giants against chris bassett for the a's. opening day for both teams is not until next week. tonight's game will be the first taste of baseball in the bay area this calendar year. it wraps up spring training. first pitch tonight is at 7:15. two teams will meet again in san francisco tomorrow night, then shift over to oakland and they play on saturday afternoon. both the giants and a's open the regular season on monday. the a's hosting the white sox and the giants in milwaukee. the giants have won the world series in every year this decade, 2010, 2012, 2014, will this year bring the magic, as well?
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banned at all athletic facilities. the mascot for the a's and giants will team up tomorrow on "good morning america." that's stomper and lucille competing last year in a danceoff. the competition was broken down into teens from the west, midwest, and east. last year the east won. hopefully tomorrow they can bring home the prize. opening day for the a's and giants is monday. >> stomper and lucille have to bring their a-game, whatever that is. big moment for u.s. women's soccer. five of the top players filed a federal complaint claim thing's a huge pay disparity between the men and women's teams. >> a men's player receives $5,000 for a loss in a friendly match and $17,000 for a win. a woman player receives just under $5,000 for a similar match
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but only if the team wins. >> reporter: therey're the worl cup champions. now they feel they should be compensated fairly. filing a federal complaint with the equal employment opportunity commission, tweeting historic moment, proud of the strength of this team. >> we continue to be told we can be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer. >> reporter: appearing on nbc's "today" show, their lawyer cited the women's 2015 contribution to u.s. soccer revenue. >> made over $16 million from this team. the men's team caused a $2 million loss. >> reporter: in the complaint, the u.s. women's players claim when their salaries are broken down with game bonuses, they make $3600 to nearly $5,000 a game. the men make $6,000 to more than $17,000 a game.
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>> women have to fight for their equality. i think the sports world is taking notice, but still there's a way to go. >> reporter: a similar firestorm exploded in the tennis world, with this statement from a tournament director about women players. >> they arrive on the coat tails of the men. >> reporter: the u.s. soccer federation says owe are committd and engaged in a new collective bargaining agreement. it's unclear how long it will take to resolve the complaint, but it comes before the summer olympic games in brazil, where the u.s. women's team is competing for their fourth straight gold medal. colin kaepernick remains a 49er and he was guarantied $11.9 million for the upcoming season. the niners had until 1:00 to trade kap. a trade is still possible, but only if the partner is willing to accept kaepernick's deal or
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rework the contract. if the niners wanted to release him, they would have had to work out an injury settlement, because that $11.9 million was guarantied for injury and he's coming off three surgeries. andre iguodala got a head start on april fool's day. the ridesharing service showed this video pranking his teammate. once he's in, the driver turns to a mock sports cast announcing the team is about to cut him. his attitude changed when iguodala showed up with balloons and a cake to show him he had been punked. >> april fool's day. >> i'm going to get you! [ laughter ] >> that's funny.
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they should be back in the lineup shortly. >> that's just what you want with your two injured guys having a cake fight somewhere with a lift car. but this was so well orchestrated. they had like half a dozen teammates texting saying it was nice playing with you, so sorry that it ended this way. this is such a crazy business, such a shame. and festus is 6'11", about 270. don't make festus angry. you won't like it when he's angry. >> i bet there's payback, though. >> it's going to be coming. >> spencer christian is here now with a look at the weather outside. >> that was just too funny. okay, ama and larry, let's take a look at what's going on with sunny skies. lots of lovely area around the bay area, returning coastal fog, moving beyond the coast overnight. right now here's the view over the bay from our roof top camera. foggy areas tomorrow morning across the bay area.
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it will be turning warmer next week. now, as we travel down to walnut creek, this is a look at the hourly temperature dropoff that will occur this evening and overnight, indicative of what many inland locations can expect. only 55 degrees at 8:00 p.m. and dropping into the upper 40s overnight and speaking of overnight, low temperatures will be in the mid to low 40s inland, up to around 50 around the bay with lots of fog. notice how it spreads across the bay and pretty well inland. so reduced visibility will be an issue tomorrow morning for commuters, and back to the coastline by about midday with sunny skies inland. that continues into the early evening hours tomorrow. highs tomorrow will be generally in the mid 60s around the bay. upper 60s to low 70s inland. and up to about 60 degrees along the coast. looking ahead to saturday, it will be a bit milder with mid to upper 70s inland.
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that pattern continues into sunday, which will be a weekend winner and into monday, as well as the mild air continues to flow through the bay area into early next week. low 70s in san jose through the weekend, reaching up to 78 on tuesday and 85 degrees, temperatures spiking upward on wednesday all around the bay area. thursday, increasing clouds and temperatures drop off a little bit. what happens after thursday? here's a forecast animation starting friday morning at 4:00. notice the rain approaching the bay area at the end of next week. this is the next chance of rain in just over a week. a week and a day to be precise. at the moment looking like light rain, but we're happy about any rain that shows up in the forecast at all. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast and through next thursday, lit be dry and quite warm middle of next week. but those increasing clouds may bring rain at the end of next week. larry and ama? >> thank you, spencer.
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up next, california is one step closer to a
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california's senate and and assembly have approved to raise california's minimum wage to $15 an hour. it will increase it every year until it hits $15 an hour by 2022. the governor is expected to sign the bill into law monday. today, san francisco city leaders honored a man who changed conditions for workers all across the country. "abc7 news" was at the union hall for the ceasar chavez holiday breakfast. the police and fire chiefs, as well as other city dignitaries shared a meal as they honored and celebrated the late civil rights leader. >> he helped create many of the laws that protect the safety of workers and the well-being of
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workers. that's what we're here today to really celebrate and to move forward and to continue his legacy. >> ceasar chavez stay is a state but not federal holiday. now to a big day for crab lovers. "abc7 news" was at pier 45 this morning as fishermen brought in some of the first crab this season. the crab look big and healthy. >> it's finally here. it's bigger, the crabs are bigger, they're fuller. >> they're also cheaper. yesterday, the crab imported from washington state were selling for a minimum of $15. the local crab are $5 cheaper. they were selling today for $10 a pound. sales tax is going up for one bay area city tomorrow but decreasing in two others. in south san francisco, shoppers will pay a 9.5% tax, up from 9%. and half moon bay, taxes going
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down to 9% from 9.5%. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. a vacation nightmare. you pay for a rental house only to find out it was never available. how to avoid being scammed. plus -- >> there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yeah, there has to be some form. >> more backlash todd for donald trump, even after he retracted his statement about abortion yesterday. and people complain about man spreading, but it turn out to be a good thing. we'll explain that coming up. at, we're always looking for ways to speed up your car insurance search. here's the latest. problem is, we haven't figured out how to reverse it. for now, just log on to plug in some simple info and get up to 50 free quotes.
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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> here are the headlines today at 4:30. there are big layoffs at kgo radio and kfog. ron owens announced today he's moving to ksfo starting monday afternoon. owens has been at kgo for 40 years. new allegations of racism in the san francisco police department. "abc7 news" reporter vic lee tweets five more officers exchanged racist tweets.
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we' we'll have reaction from the d.a.'s office at 5:00. huge lines as tesla takes preorders for its $35,000 model three. amy hollyfield tweets people are putting deposits on a car no one has seen yet. online orders now start at 7:30, an hour earlier. it sounds like a great deal. a luxury tahoe rental home for just $500 a night. sheriffs are warning people about an alarming of a vacation rental scam playing out on the internet. laura anthony is live in southlake tahoe where it's happening. a lot of people have lost a lot of money. >> reporter: that's right, ama. this is all happening on the internet, but with real life consequences for would-be vacationers and for the legitimate property managers and owners of beautiful homes like this one. >> this is the pool area, which i call the man cave.
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>> reporter: cathy owns tahoe destinations, which specializes in luxury vacation rentals, but some of her legitimate properties have been used as lures by scam artists on the internet. >> they're taking pictures from my website and making documentation their own and presenting it to people, so it really does look like it's the real thing. >> a lot of our victims from the bay area and down south. >> reporter: dave stevenson is an investigator for the county sheriff's office. >> if you look at the other houses and you see this one great deal, that's a red flag. what they're doing is having you deposit that money into legitimate bank accounts, however it's fraudulent in the sense that the people close it and they are gone. >> reporter: they appear on sites like craigslist, but they ask for a wire transfer. while the deposits are large, the nightly rates are usually low. one scammer booked an oregon family into this 6,000 square
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foot home for $450 a night. on new year's eve. when the real house was already remitted for $2200 per night. sometimes the scammer, in this case, a man who calls himself scott, even answers questions via e-mail. >> as soon as he gets the money, he shuts his e-mail down, everything, so there's no contact. >> reporter: sheriffs have been trying to track down the scammers, but it's been difficult because much of the activity is coming from out of state. this home has been the object of this type of scam six times already since the first of the year. best advice, make sure you're dealing with a legitimate company, use a credit card, and if it looks too good to be true, chances are it is. laura anthony, "abc7 news." >> laura, thank you. paris terror suspect salah abdeslam will be extradited to france.
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police captured him in brussels earlier this month. he's been charged with terrorist murder. a lawyer for him says the 26-year-old dropped his initial objection for extradition and plans to cooperate with french authorities. brussels airport could reopen tomorrow night, a week and a half after the twin suicide bombings. officials for the company that runs the airport announced it's technically ready to resume service. the airport will be able to run at 20% of normal capacity. 32 people, including three americans were killed in bombings at the airport and a nearby train station. in the race for the white house, donald trump is still facing a bipartisan backlash over the controversial remarks he made about the need to penalize women if abortions are banned. as lauren lyster tells us, his quick reversal has done nothing to squelch the controversy. >> reporter: donald trump off the campaign trail and in the nation's capital for a private
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meeting. >> just yesterday, donald trump said women should be punished for having an abortion. [ crowd boos ] >> donald trump is clearly not prepared to be president of the united states. >> reporter: critics on the right, left, and both sides of the abortion debate piling on. after this exchange during an msnbc forum when asked about punishment if abortion were to be banned. >> the answer is, there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yes, there has to be some form. >> reporter: hours later, the front-runner reversing course, stating the doctor or any other person perform thing illegal kt upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. the woman is a victim. hillary clinton focusing on new york ahead of a key april 19th primary in her adopted home state. >> the path to the white house goes right through new york. and i am not taking anything for granted. >> reporter: bernie sanders
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taking his message to pittsburgh. >> american workers cannot be forced to compete against people who make pennies an hour. >> reporter: sanders' childhood home, rich in delegates where he needs to do well. but he trails clinton in new york by 12 points. carly fiorina filed a request today to have her name removed from the june primary ballot. marco rubio, jeb bush, and chris christie, have filed the same request. the deadline to pull a name from the june ballot is tomorrow. police in wisconsin are looking for the man suspected of pepper spraying a teenage girl outside a donald trump rally tuesday. this is video of the incident in janesville. police said earlier today they have located the suspect but they now say that's not the case. this is a picture of the man police believe pepper sprayed the 15-year-old. the smithsonian said today it will acknowledge the sexual
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assault allegations against bill cosby in its new african-american history museum. the founding director said in a statement today that visitors to the exhibit will recognize cosby's legacy has been severely damaged. the museum on the national mall will include two items related to his career in television and standup comedy. the grand opening is set for this fall. still to come on "abc7 news" at 4:00, another so-called challenge stunt is swoping social media. what they're doing and the warning for parents. >> i'm spencer christian. we're looking at mainly clear skies but low clouds are advancing rapidly.
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a warning is going out this afternoon about another stunt sweeping social media. yeah. this one is called the banana peel challenge. people, mostly kids, are trying to see if they can step on a banana peel without slipping, then posting the video. it's the latest challenge attracting thousands of clicks on line. there was the cinnamon challenge having kids inhaling cinnamon. >> kids, don't do stupid things. a study by researchers at cal and stanford says people who man spread are considered more attractive than those who don't.
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researchers looked at human behavior when people displayed -- [ laughter ] they found expansive body posture increases romantic desirability. you can judge for yourself. it also gives perceived dominance and openness and the results are consistent with men and women. researchers base their findings on 3,000 dating interactions. i would like to meet the 3,000 people that thought that was more appealing. but they're not available right now. spencer christian, you get to follow that. >> i think i can elevate things from here. >> thank you. >> the level of discourse and video. here's a live look at live doppler 7 hd. sunny skies across the bay area right now. low clouds and fog are advancing. tomorrow, statewide look for a mild day in most locations. 75 in chico.
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77 in fresno. 70 in los angeles. 86 in palm springs. here in the bay area, look for a mainly sunny afternoon after lots of low clouds and fog spreading inland overnight and early morning. by mid afternoon, highs from near 60 at the coast to mid and upper 60s around the bay. upper 60s and low 70s inland. and as we look at our rain chances for the week ahead, almost zero through next wednesday. by the way, it's going to be a warm one next wednesday. 30% chance of rain at the end of next week. temperatures inland climbing up to and above 80 degrees by wednesday of next week. mostly cloudy next thursday and it's those clouds coming in next thursday that give us hope for a chance of rain next friday. larry and ama? >> thank you, spencer. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, new concerns about concussions and youth football. the problems that could follow players throughout the rest of their lives. i'm michael finney.
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those digital bill boards along highways, they grab your
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fremont, palo alto, and all the bay area, this is "abc7 news." we've all heard plenty of those air travel horror stories about passengers that go too far. this shows a woman's pony tail that just drops down into another passenger's seat and space. that sparked an uproar online. jessie palmer has the details. >> reporter: and ready to party. the ultimate travel night may have? a flight with a not so polite neighbor. passengers experiencing yelling and fighting, all at 35,000 feet. this man even duct tapes after screaming and spitting at fellow travelers on board his flight. a stranger using this guy's shoulder as a pillow. but it's this hair raising inflight violation, yes, that's a pony tail, breaking the
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internet. >> we were just chatting. all of a sudden this really large thing of hair just flopped down in front of us. >> reporter: dante ramos tweeting, congrats to the woman with the woman in 32-b, you've invetted a new way to be awful at 35,000 feet. >> the novelty seems like it was worth sharing. >> reporter: now the photo is sparking a twitter debate. commenters writing, do you have any scissoring? and a small piece of gum should do the trick. others writing, a few words and the problem would likely be gone. ramos says that's exactly what they did. >> the pony tail flopped out of our sight and presumably back into hers. >> wow. >> all right. >> michael finney here now with a look at the problem. >> it's going to be a long time
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at the airport this summer. wait till you see this. as the busy summer travel season approaches, the tsa continues to deal with long security lines all across the country. tsa cut its airport screening staff by about 10% of the past three years, assuming its new tsa precheck system with short lines. that didn't happen. not enough flyers enrolled so the long lines persist. but the record number of flyers expected this summer, travelers are being advised to get to the airport at least two hours early or risk missing flights. canceling your cable or phone service could be as easy as clicking the mouse on a computer. a new bill --
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>> i don't think someone should have to stay on hold for half an hour when they want to cancel their service. if these companies want to retain customers, the best way is by providing good service. >> so here's the plan, to make canceling a service as easy as starting one. if a single click starts a service, a single service must also be able to end that same service. digital bill boards like those you see heading east off of bay bridge, they sure grab your attention, but the question tonight, is that a good thing? digital bill boards are a potential distraction and safety risk in heavy traffic and complex driving conditions. like the bay bridge. the series of studies analyzed bill board distraction all over the world and finds digital bill boards in particular draw a driver's gaze from the road. one study found it increased accidents by 25% and more. keep that in mind when driving past a digital bill board.
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the guy next to you may be just a bit more dangerous than normal. >> thank you, michael. new concerns today about the connection between youth football, concussions and brain problems later in life. boston university researchers say there is a link between the number of hits a player takes in youth football and then the development of cognitive difficulties as an adult. but more research is needed before conclusions are drawn about the safety of amateur football. air pollution has been linked to preterm births and billions in cost. >> and humbolt foods could pack a punch for weight loss. air pollution cost the united states more than $5 billion related to preterm births. that includes lost productivity for the parents and the child in the future and the medical care involved. six global public health organizations released a joint
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statement regarding the need to limit pregnant women's exposure to toxic chemicals. turns out we have nothing to worry about. two larger views of the published scientific literature on this subject found that frozen vegetables and canned are just as nutritious as fresh ones. an artificial pancreas could be ready for diabetics next year. it uses computer algorithms to sense a person's blood glucose balance and substitute the function oh of a healthy pancreas. it's a form of personalized medicine. a now analysis of data found that foods full of protein and fiber help shed the pounds and help lower blood levels. i'm jane king. here's to your health. san francisco's lucasville
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is celebrating a record breaking fund-raiser. last night's annual trivia night raised $154,000 for aids and breast cancer patients. the effort started 20 years ago when paul hill put a jar on his desk and asked for pennies. it morphed into trivia night. >> it was wonderful. such a great cause. >> last night's effort helped pushed the total money earned to more than $1 million. that's meteorologist drew tuma there that took part. >> and it all started with a few pennies. amazing. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continuing. up next, growing controversy over the plans to renovembmove
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parking lot and build more housing. and dan is here with a look at what's coming up on "abc7 news" at 5:00. thank you very much. a lot to get to tonight. a horn blower ship crashes at a san diego dock. we're starting to learn what happened. from madison bumgarner to gregor blanco, players are talking about the ban on chewing tobacco at the park. and michael finney reveals the low tech and high tech solutions to an annoying mishap. those stories and more when we see you for "abc7 news" at 5:00.
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a big turnout is expected tonight at the clermont hotel, but it's not for an event, it's to discuss possible development on that property. >> alyssa harrington is live with why so many neighbors are unhappy about the project. >> reporter: the project includes plans to build a condo right here where the parking lot is now. people who live here are worried about the traffic, the noise, and most of all, how this could impact their views. the east bay hills clear mont hotel is a bay area landmark, built more than 100 years ago. now the owners are looking to expand part of the project, a 45-unit condo built on the property. >> it would be terrible. >> reporter: just the thought has neighbors like robin worried. >> we --
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that would change the facade of that, i think it would be a debtment to the neighborhood. >> reporter: flyers have been posted encouraging a big turnout at a special planning meeting tonight. the director defends the project, which he says would be built on just one acre of the grounds. >> we want to make sure we're not detracting views to and from the hotel and not detracting any views from our neighbors above us. >> reporter: the condo would go where the parking is now. >> we are concerned about the visual impacts, like what are you going to see when you look up there? >> reporter: naomi shipp says because it is a designated land mark, there are additional hoops to jump through. planning is in the early stages and if approved would not break ground for a few years. alyssa harrington, "abc7 news." thank you for joining us for new now at 4:00.
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i'm daetz. >> i'm larry beil. "abc7 news" at 5:00 begins with dan and kristen. another scandal for the san francisco police department. san jose's war on graffiti intensifies. city hall gets tagged almost as fast as it's cleaned up. and a horn blower yacht crashes at the dock in san diego. and a fight over minimum wage. and the lines are electric. why folks are waiting for a car they haven't even seen yet. i'm meteorologist sandhya patel. warming up to the 80s. i'll let you know if this will coincide with your weekend plans, coming up. san francisco police officers are facing new scrutiny tonight. thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. another group of officers is in trouble for sending completely inappropriate text messages, and now the district attorney is involved.
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vic lee is live at police head quarters with the latest on the story. >> reporter: the district attorney gave no names of those officers or the stations they came from. but "abc7 news" has learned that at least one of the officers came from this station. we have no samples of those texts, although both the d.a. and police chief believe that the texts were offensive. each one held his own news conference today. the district attorney says he became aware of the text messages late last week. >> they occurred prior to, during, and after last year's scandal and it involves five officers that are not corrennec at all to the original 14. >> reporter: the original 14 were those conduct exchanging offensive tex messages. the d.a. had received 5,000 pages of evidence from the
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police department stemming from a case involving officer jason line, charged with illegally using police computers to look into criminal offender information. d.a. investigators then found the offensive text messages from the five officers. >> talking a lot of african-americans and using the "n" word and talking about members of the lbgt community, also in a very disparaging fashion. >> reporter: he said racist and homophobic texts are not criminal but pose serious problems in court. >> the impact it has is our ability to present evidence, our ability to prosecute cases, and frankly, now the possibility that we're going to have to dismiss cases. >> reporter: but the police chief says his office has known about the text messages for a long time. >> it's possible the d.a. himself just fund out, but his office has known about this since last year. >> reporter: he also says there are only four, not five officers who


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